Biomedical engineers use engineering and life science principles to design
and develop medical and clinical equipment. They research human
and animal biology to develop theories and facts or to test, prove
or modify known theories of life systems.
• design and develop instruments and devices (such as artificial organs, limbs, pacemakers or ultrasound imaging equipment) to help health care personnel observe, diagnose, repair or treat physical ailments or deformities.
• study the engineering aspects of human systems.
• plan and conduct research on medical, biological, biochemical or other life systems.
• develop mathematical models and computer simulations of human biomedical systems.
• ensure that critical life-support and analysis equipment is designed properly.
• teach, write and consult; also, some manage laboratories.
• oversee biomedical equipment maintenance and investigate accidents of equipment failure.
• advise hospital personnel on purchase and installation of new equipment. Install,
adjust, maintain, sell or repair equipment for biomedical equipment manufacturers.
• train and supervise biomedical equipment technicians and others. Maintain and
improve environmental quality to protect against toxins and pollutants.
Biomedical engineers may work alone or with hospital operating teams, administrators,
scientists or other specialists. Most work in medical, academic, industrial and government research laboratories and hospitals.
Average Salary Range
$50,000 – $100,000
Students interested in becoming biomedical engineers need to prepare by taking the most challenging high school courses available in science and math, including advanced placement courses. Generally, those seeking positions in biomedical engineering have college degrees in engineering (four or more years) and may have four or more years of related work
experience and/or a master’s or doctoral degree in biomedical engineering. For some, certification also is required.
Biomedical Engineering Society
8401 Corporate Drive Suite 110
Landover, MD 20785
The Whitaker Foundation
1700 N. Moore St., #2200
Arlington, VA 22209